Buses are part of the normal traffic that flows through the roads and streets of New York and Long Island every day. However, being involved in a bus accident is not normal. If you were the victim of a collision with a bus, you need to seek out a bus accident lawyer who will give your case the attention it deserves – someone who understands the many factors involved this type of personal injury action.
Common Types of Bus Accidents
There are many possible scenarios for a bus accident in a big city. Though you might most commonly see city buses, they are many other types of buses on our streets. On your daily commute, you likely also encounter school buses, private tour buses, shuttle buses, church buses, long-distance buses and others. The drivers of all buses are responsible for driving with care.
If any of the following scenarios apply to you, our lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve:
- Were you a pedestrian who was struck by a bus?
- Were you the driver of a vehicle who was hit by a bus that was making a wide turn or an improper lane change?
- Are you a bike messenger who collided with a bus?
- Were you the passenger of another motor vehicle that was involved in an accident with a bus?
- Were you a passenger on a bus that was involved in an accident?
These are but a few of the many types of bus accidents handled by the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP. Contact us today for a free consultation with our Nassau County personal injury attorneys. We help victims of bus accidents on Long Island and nearby areas including Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens. Personal injury handled personally.
Legal Responsibility for Bus Accident Injuries
As with any auto accident, the legal responsibility for serious injuries in a bus accident will fall on the party who was negligent in causing the accident – in other words, who was at fault. Bus companies typically carry higher limits on insurance than drivers of regular passenger vehicle, as they are responsible for the safety of many.
Drivers who work for a business, such as those who operate tour buses or shuttles, should be covered by commercial insurance policies. The company can also be held responsible for the negligence of a driver. A bus company may have even more legal responsibility based on “common carrier” laws. The idea behind this law is that drivers who are providing a public service must provide an especially high degree of safety and security to passengers.
Special steps may be necessary if the at-fault driver was operating a city bus or other municipal vehicle. There are special rules that apply to claims against government bodies in New York, and it is particularly important to take quick action in these cases. Many cases require a notice of claim to be filed within 90 days after the accident.
Proving Fault in Bus Accidents
The key factor in bus accident claims is negligence. To prove fault, a plaintiff must show that he or she was the victim of another person’s negligence, or, in other words, another person’s failure to act reasonably to preserve others’ safety. For example, a bus driver who ran a red light may be considered negligent, as a reasonable and careful bus driver would certainly respect the rules of the road.
It is important to get an independent investigation of the accident performed under the supervision of an attorney who has your best interests in mind. Your lawyer may work with accident reconstructionists and other experts to determine what really caused the crash and what role the bus driver or other responsible parties played. There may also be safety issues with the design or maintenance of the bus, as well as other factors that could indicate liability on the part of others.
No matter what the circumstances you are involved in, the lawyers at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP will bring a critical eye to every piece of relevant evidence to build a strong case that ensures the most successful recovery.
Get Help from Our Long Island Bus Accident Lawyers
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, we have decades of experience handling all types of personal injury cases, including bus accidents. As part of our commitment to our clients, we take the time to get to know you and analyze every detail of your case. Our goal is to help you recover compensation for your injuries, unpaid medical expenses, lost wages and other damages, based on the facts in your case. We will do all that we can to help you and your family get your lives back on track.
Don’t sell your claim short, or even give a statement. Call us now or contact us online. Our bus accident attorneys offer a free case evaluation, and we can come to you.
For a free legal consultation with a Personal Injury lawyer serving New Hyde Park, call 516-358-6900